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US Navy sets sights on Information Dominance

December 14, 2012

Military strategists have a growing realization that information operations – both offensive and defensive – will be critical in conflicts for the foreseeable future.  The US Navy, under the leadership of Vice Admiral  Kendall Card, is determined to seize and maintain dominance in the information spectrum of any future battlespace.  Card discusses the efforts of the Navy in the most recent edition of Signal, the journal of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (subscription required).   The “information spectrum” includes intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) as well as the security of data and networks.  In 2009, the Navy founded the Information Dominance Corps (IDC), tasked with the missions of gaining “a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries, develop knowledge of the battlespace, provide naval operating forces with sufficient over-match in wartime command and control and project power through and across the network.”

The IDC is engaged in a large number of programs, one of which is the creation of an aircraft carrier based unmanned vehicle tasked with both offensive and defensive missions:

Unmanned vehicles also are critical to gaining and maintaining information dominance. Te Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program is developing a fighter jet-size UAV capable of being launched from sea. “Tis is an ISR vehicle from the sea that has good range and great endurance and persistence. It will be a multi-intelligence platform that will be critical to the warfighter because there will be some areas of the world where we need ISR from the sea,” Adm. Card offers. “The strike capability is also part of that global war against terrorists that provides insecurity to those terrorists from wherever they’re operating.”

As usual, I suggest that you read the whole thing, but as noted, the link is subscriber-only access.  Signal is a specialty publication, primarily of interest to those in the fields of defense electronics and communications, and not to a general audience.

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